Winner of the Zonta Science Award 2022, Dr Tara McAllister

Updated: Apr 7

The Zonta Club of Wellington congratulate Dr Tara McAllister, a freshwater ecologist, winner of the 17th Biennial Zonta Science Award for an emerging scientist.


Receiving the Zonta Science Award is an immense privilege. It will provide the funds to visit Professor Kat Milligan-McClellan, an Indigenous woman scientist at the University of Connecticut to better understand how microscopic organisms and the toxins they produce affect ecosystems. I will learn novel techniques to significantly advance understanding how blooms affect food webs and mahinga kai, the place and the resources gathered there. Dr Tara McAllister

“This year’s applicants were of an exceptionally high standard, making judging particularly difficult. The Award recognises not only the person’s excellence in science but also their communication skills and community involvement. The ability to promote science and be a role model for other young women are winning attributes in which Tara excels,” says Dr Jan Pearson, Convenor of Zonta Science Award.


This year, the prize of $25,000 was sponsored by the Clare Foundation and the Zonta Club of Wellington is extremely grateful for this wonderful support. The Clare Foundation’s ambition of igniting impactful change for our people and planet is closely aligned to Zonta’s goals. The winner also receives a special pounamu medal designed by jeweller Neke Moa.


Dr Tara McAllister Media Release Thursday 7 April 2022
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